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The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) has adopted several proposals establishing new sport fish regulations for the North Gulf Coast Management Area.

All northern pike caught in North Gulf Coast, Anchorage, and Kenai Peninsula area freshwaters including the Seward area must be killed and cannot be released back into the water alive. Northern pike are an invasive species in Southcentral Alaska and significantly impact native fish species. Anglers who catch a northern pike are encouraged to report and, if possible, deliver the dispatched fish to the nearest ADF&G office.

A new personal use fishery was established for saltwater aquatic plants in the Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai nonsubsistence areas including the Seward area. The aquatic plant personal use fishery season runs January 1 through April 30 and September 1 through December 31.

The harvest is limited to an individual-based bag and possession limit of 10 gallons of aquatic plants that have been naturally dislodged from the substrate and located at or above the daily high tide line. No permit is required.

The season dates for the Seward Youth-Only Fishery in the Seward Lagoon and Outfall Creek were expanded to June 17 through June 30 for king salmon and August 25 through September 7 for coho salmon. Additionally, after taking a bag limit, a person may not sport fish for any species that same day within the Youth-Only Fishery area. This Youth-Only Fishery is only open to anglers who are 15 years of age or younger.

For additional information, see the 2020 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet or contact Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer or Assistant Area Management Biologist Brittany Blain-Roth at (907) 267-2265.